August 08, 2005

Sign up preschoolers now for Head Start

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Head Start, a preschool that bases admission on income, is taking applications for weekday morning, afternoon and all-day programs that start Aug. 24 in Carbondale, Carterville, Johnston City, Marion and Murphysboro.

Eligible children should be at least 3 years old by Sept. 1 but not yet old enough for kindergarten. They must have current physicals and immunizations as well as exposure screenings for tuberculosis and lead, and families must provide proof of income.

To enroll, parents may call or drop by the center nearest them weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Here's how to get in touch.

Carbondale: Carbondale Center

1900 N. Illinois Ave.


Eurma C. Hayes Child Care Center

441 E. Willow St.

618/453-6448, ext. 229, or 618/457-3302

Carterville: John A. Logan Preschool

700 Logan College Road

618/985-3741, ext. 8241, or 618/997-2216, ext. 229

Malone's Preschool

108 Walnut St.

618/997-2216, ext. 229, or 618/985-3366

Johnston City: Johnston City Center

901 Prosperity Ave.


Marion: Marion Center

907 N. Vicksburg


Murphysboro: Murphysboro Center

9822 Highway 149


For more information, call the individual centers or the administrative office at 618/453-6448 or 618/997-2216 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale directs the Head Start programs in Jackson and Williamson counties.